Ready, Set, Brexit!

Ready, Set, Brexit!

David McWilliams to address Kilkenny Business People on the Hurdles and Opportunities presented by Brexit.

David McWilliams, one of Ireland’s most recognised and influential economic and social commentators, will address Kilkenny Business People on the evening of Wednesday, 2nd October at Hotel Kilkenny. David is the keynote speaker at the Ready, Set, Brexit’ event which has been organised by Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny and is open to all business people to attend, subject to pre-booking your free place at  

David is ranked as the 10th most influential economist in the world. He is an authority on the Irish economy and his unique views on Brexit are particularly relevant at this time. David has consistently made accurate forecasts and was the only economist in Ireland to predict a strong UK Brexit vote, the Trump victory and the 2008 global crash.

‘We need to remember we need to avail of what are often overlooked opportunities that Brexit presents. At this event, David McWilliams will explain in his usual insightful and easy to digest communicative style how we can turn this climate of change into a competitive advantage” explained Colette Byrne, Chief Executive at Kilkenny County Council.

MC, John Purcell, Chief Executive of KCLR FM will host an expert discussion on how your business can act to plan for the future economic environment. The panel will include, John Madigan, Head of Marketing and Research – Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, Michael Brannigan, Executive Chairman of PRL and Brendan O’Neill Director in PwC Kilkenny.

Fiona Deegan, Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny added “Amid all the noise about Brexit and speculation about its potential economic impacts, many small businesses are finding it difficult to know exactly what they should be doing to prepare for it. Whilst the immediate response may be to batten down the hatches and wait for it all to blow over, it is vital that Kilkenny businesses are pro-active in their preparations. As hubs of expert advice, information and practical supports, the dedicated Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny team can help business manage their Brexit response through and we urge all businesses across sector and size to contact the Local Enterprise Office on to start their Brexit preparedness journey. 

Brexit Assistance  for businesses includes Scorecards and checklists to help with planning ; Brexit Advisory Clinics, Growth Mentoring, LEAN and Management Development training. The Local Enterprise Office is also rolling out a one day Prepare Your Business for Customs course on October 1st at the Newpark Hotel.

On the day, the Strategic Banking Corporation, Intertrade Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office will be available to discuss your business and any supports that may be available to you. Further information can found on or by calling the Local Enterprise Office on 056 7752662